About Hester!

Hester Sunshine is a fashion designer with over 15 years in the New York City fashion industry, and is back in NYC after a few year stretch in Santa fe NM.


Hester's design career spans everything from high fashion, ready-to-wear apparel, accessories, and even Halloween costumes. She has worked for Betsey Johnson, Coach and Kate Spade to name a few and has designed private label for Hot Topic, Spencer Gifts, Nordstorms, Walmart and more.


Now, after years working for other people and dealing with overseas factories and fast fashion companies, Hester runs the accessory line Sunshine By Hester, a hand-made U.S. based line.


After placing as runner up in Season 17 of Project Runway she is now moving forward to create a new namesake brand (Hester Sunshine) of high end ready to wear and custom couture.






Past Work

Hester started out in the NYC fashion world working for indi designer Judi Rosen, then moving onto Betsey Johnson, Banana Republic, Coach, Kate Spade, Rampage, and finally running a private label company that designed hair and jewelry, cold weather accessories and Halloween for many companies including Hot Topic, Spencer Gifts, Walmart, Nordstroms, Spirit Halloween and more.


Hester Sunshine has been highlighted in: New Yorker Magazine, Bust, Fashionfix Daily, Racked, Kate Spade Style Spy, and Vice.